Featured Farmers: Maple Farms
The Indiana State Fair is the greatest showcase of the past, present and future of Hoosier agriculture and the Indiana State Fair – Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial which proudly dedicates your Great Indiana State Fair to Indiana’s history and heritage over the past 200 years.
To honor and celebrate those who have committed their lives to innovation in agriculture, each day of the 17-day Fair will highlight a different farmer/farm family who has been awarded with a Hoosier Homestead Award. These farmers, who were selected in collaboration with Indiana agriculture stakeholders, will be featured on daily highlight sheets for the Fair as well as participate in various events and exhibits all around the Fair.
We wanted to take the time to highlight these farmers and share a bit more about what makes them love agriculture. Take a moment to meet the Featured Farmer that will be at the Indiana State Fair on August 18th.
- Maple Farms Inc.
- Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award
- Five generations have farmed the same parcel of ground since the early 1900’s
- Operation grows food grade corn, soybeans and 100 acres of wheat
- Focused on multiple facets of the industry
Hailing from Howard County, Indiana the Maple Family are involved in many facets of the agriculture industry. The family’s enterprise includes commercial grain farming, specialty crop production, custom tile ditching and custom excavation so they need all the help they can get.
Eight family members and three non-family members run the operation – all bringing unique assets to help and drive their many facets. Since the 1900’s, the Maples have been farming and as the family started having children and those children started growing and having children of their own, the family expanded to the 6,000-acre farm they operate today.
Clifford Maple, Maple Farms founder, passed his strong work ethic and innate love for farming to his two sons, Bill and Charlie Maple. The boys started farming about 280 acres while raising a few animals in the early 1950’s.
“When we moved here we had hogs, cattle, horses, everything,” said Bill, who started farming full-time 70 years ago.
In 1970, Clifford Maple passed away but that didn’t stop the boys. Their drive to succeed lead the farm to a 50 percent increase in the following decade. Bill and Charlie strived to keep the operation viable for the future generations as they knew the family would continue to grow.
Today, they are focused on high quality production with an emphasis on cooperative management with honesty and integrity. They have an organized work force, use the latest GPS technology in the fields and have up-to-date record keeping. They also work to practice safe farming methods and respect for the environment as they farm their 6,000 acres.
“Our goal is to provide income, stability and new opportunities to support seven families and more,” Bill said. “Farming is all we ever wanted to do. We just enjoy farming. You’ve got to learn to manage money. We weren’t as aggressive as some farmers and we went through a few hard times, but it’s all paid off.”
The Maple Family will be at the Indiana State Fair on August 18th, and they will be featured in a Live Chat at 2:30 p.m. in the Glass Barn presented by Indiana Soybean Farmers and will attend the evening parade at 6:30 p.m.
Come join us at the fair to celebrate with and congratulate the Maples on their hard work and dedication to Indiana Agriculture!